Cody Rhodes officially returned to WWE at Royal Rumble
and made several clickbait when he was crowned the 2023 Men's Royal Rumble winner.
The return wasn't kept secret for fans watching around the world as it was already spelled out by WWE a few days prior to the show, but Rhodes still managed to keep that engagement over his return.
While speaking with Ariel Helwani of BT Sport
, Rhodes discussed his injury which he suffered prior to the 2022 WWE Hell in a Cell event. He wrestled inside Hell in a Cell against Seth Rollins and then got surgery in the days following the bout.
"I was embarrassed, I really was. I was on top of my game. All the measurables of, 'this is working, we're selling this, people are tuning in.' I'm doing it. Then I got hurt bench pressing at my gym. Probably a lot of wrestling was involved in that, but I didn't know. I was just embarrassed. I'm really sorry. I am. I didn't want to leave. I had almost a 30-minute match and then had to go get surgery. I was embarrassed.
That was one time where I thought, 'I'm worried now. Maybe I don't have it.' Everyone has doubts, even the most confident people. Maybe I didn't have it. I'll tell you two people that really kept me in check, Nick Khan and Bruce Prichard. I don't know why they have reputations. They've been nothing but angels to me. Nick and Bruce don't see Dusty (Rhodes) when they see me, they see me.
That's big. That's big with me. They kept me on and never told me, 'You're going to do this, this is going to happen.' Just, 'get better, get well, we need you back, we're going to go for it,' but we never talked about what it was. To be able to come back and punch this ticket, Thank God, just have to stay healthy," he said.
It's important to note that, Cody Rhodes still has the decision behind him whether he chooses to wrestle Roman Reigns or someone else [If the title changes hands].
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